Amyloid-beta is present in human lymph nodes and greatly enriched in those of the cervical region

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Abstract

Degradation and clearance of amyloid beta (Aβ) peptide are likely critical for brain health. Animal studies have demonstrated the role of the glial-lymphatic (glymphatic) system in the clearance of Aβ and other brain metabolites, but no such information has been available in humans. Here we ask whether this system contributes to the clearance of Aβ from the human brain. In the absence of an applicable imaging method, we examined cervical and inguinal lymph nodes resected for cancer therapy or staging using immunohistochemistry. Aβ-labeled cells were present in lymph nodes, and cervical lymph nodes showed labeled cells in far greater abundance than did inguinal nodes. This observation supports the hypothesis that the glymphatic system contributes to the clearance of Aβ from the human brain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalAlzheimer's and Dementia
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • amyloid beta
  • clearance
  • glymphatic system
  • human

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Health Policy
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience

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